Shell’s Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) facility has arrived at its location, the Prelude field, 475km North-East of Broome, Australia. Built by the Technip-Samsung consortium, Prelude was being towed to its location by a fleet of tugs.
The pre-positioned mooring chains will now be lifted from the seabed and secured to the facility. When the hook-up is complete the numerous system tests, berthing trials and imports of LNG and LPG to facilitate will start. The commissioning is expected to take between 9 to 12 months.
The Prelude project is the first deployment of Shell’s FLNG technology, which will see a giant floating facility extracting, liquefying and storing gas at sea, before it is exported to customers around the globe. The Prelude FLNG facility will produce 3.6 million tons per annum (mtpa) of LNG, 1.3 mtpa of condensate and 0.4 mtpa of LPG.
Mampaey Offshore Industries supplied a Quick Release FSO Hook for this Prelude FLNG with a safe working load of 200 ton. This FSO hook will be used for the safe mooring of LPG vessels.
The Prelude is world’s largest floating offshore facility, built to compete in the LNG industry. Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility is the largest of its kind with 488m in length and 74m in width.
The Prelude FLNG facility will likely start producing chilled gas offshore Western Australia in 2017.